Festival of Finn deemed a huge success

Festival of Finn deemed a huge success

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Sinead Dineen of Limerick and Clare's Pat Kennelly pictured with Stone Thorwing contest MC Brendan Kearney
Sinead Dineen of Limerick and Clare’s Pat Kennelly pictured with Stone Thorwing contest MC Brendan Kearney. Pic Dermot Hayes

Hundreds of people gathered in Corofin at the weekend for the annual Festival of Finn.

Despite the inclement weather conditions, the 17th World Stone Throwing Championship was deemed a huge success. The women’s title was won by Sinead Dineen of Limerick while Clare’s Pat Kennelly won the men’s title.

Colin McCardle was named winner of the Ireland’s Best Beard, another of the unique contests held during Festival of Finn.

The festival which had been popular for a decade from the mid ’80’s was revived as part of The Gathering in 2013. It incorporated the World Stone Throwing Championships, the brainchild of one Cormac McConnell, which saw it’s 17th annual running on Sunday evening.

The idea to organise Ireland’s Best Beard & Moustache Championships in 2013 was brought about by the realisation that while there is a World’s Best Beard competition, held annually in Carson City, Nevada, as well as several national championships, there was no similar event being held in the Emerald Isle.

Gavin Downes, Dublin who won the Best Styled Beard award at Festival of Finn in Corofin
Gavin Downes, Dublin who won the Best Styled Beard award at Festival of Finn in Corofin

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